Posts Tagged ‘sausalito’

How is the Voyage of the Plastiki NOT a Wes Anderson Movie?

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Now, I’m not alone on this or anything, but I just have to say that this whole massively-delayed David de Rothschild Plastiki voyage is looking more and more like a Wes Anderson movie.

Life…

“Sea Trials, December 2009″ via Plastiki:

…Imitates Art:

Good casting for this crew, huh? Lights, camera, action:

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(Now, please somebody video or photograph the actual Great North Pacific Garbage Patch / Gyre, if you’d please. As we know, the “patch is not a visibly dense field of floating debris.” So, it would be nice to have just one photograph on the whole Internet showing what the place actually looks like. You know, instead of more of this. Just saying.)

Bon Courage, Bon Voyage.

Cyclists Have No Worry About Cars on Marin County’s Conzelman Road

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Pretty much. There are more bikes than cars on this stretch of one-way road to the Point Bonita Light House and beyond in the Marin Headlands.

The catch is that you have to ride your bike all the way up the two-way part from where the road starts near the North Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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But otherwise, it’s a nice ride…

Art Car Wars: Sausalito vs. San Francisco – Alternative Fuel Source? Baby Juice

Monday, October 12th, 2009

First check out the Sausalito entry here at Bluoz.com and then check out the photos below, as seen in the Western Addition.

This vehicle used to be a Honda Civic:

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Here’s a close-up of the trunk:

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The Civic owner is a fan of thrash metal band GWAR, believe it or not.

The winner? San Francisco, by a nose.

Photos of 2009 Fourth of July Fireworks in San Francisco – Legal and Illegal

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Tonight’s Fourth of July fireworks show had a fairly high fog ceiling, so it would have to rate as better than average. Better than last year anyway, but not as good as 2007.

Here’s an excellent eight-second exposure of the northern waterfront show from Lafayette Park in Specific Whites Pacific Heights. Click to expand:

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And here’s a real-time shot of the same show from Twin Peaks:

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Everything is done double – that’s the way they do it. Here’s a double double:

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But this is what happens when the fireworks get too high – you can only see the bottom halves sometimes due to the fog:

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Let’s look across the Bay over at Sausalito. That’s USF in the foreground:

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Now here are some illegal explosions in San Francisco. This was an impressive burst above the northern Mission district:

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And here’s Mission Bay / Dogpatch with Alameda / Oakland in the background – very nice:

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The Mission and points south all had lots of illegal fireworks booming:

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Oh noes, it’s a flare, shooting high above Twin Peaks…

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…and then landing somewhere in the Castro District:

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And there you have it.

The Best Place to See San Francisco is from Battery Spencer in Marin County

Monday, April 20th, 2009

This is the view from San Francisco looking over at the chopped-off hill known as Battery Spencer. What used to be the location of three 12″ Watervliet Arsenalguns from the Edicott Era is now just a short hike uphill from the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge.

See if the Yelpers like it here. Find your way to get there here.

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Sausalito’s Bucolic Cavallo Point Lodge is Just a Stone’s Throw from San Francisco

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Can you see the new/old Cavallo Point Lodge and Fort Baker in the upper part of this view from San Francisco? What you can’t see is the Golden Gate Bridge just to the left.

Some people like CP a lot – it has a different feel than the City yet it’s less than three miles away from San Francisco‘s bustling Marina District.  

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Bring your money and your appetite and you’ll do fine.

See you there!

The Longest Stoplight in the World – A Five Minute Wait in Marin County

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

The traffic light controlling the western entrance of the Bunker Road Tunnel in the Marin Headlands makes you wait five whole minutes. Why? Because it only has one lane for cars, so traffic goes west for a few minutes and then east and then back again, all day long.  

There’s another way back to the Golden Gate Bridge but it’s a whole lot hillier.

After a long countdown, the green light appears. Click to expand:

And here’s your reward, after all the wait. Some people love it, while others get irritated: “Stop braking. Stop it, stop it.”

All in all, a fine tunnel. Look for it between Cavallo Point and Rodeo Cove the next time you’re in the Sausalito area.

The Lime Point Lighthouse near Sausalito: Then and Now.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Here’s what the Lime Point Light, located right next to the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge and close to Cavallo Point, looked like back in the day, courtesy of our friends at the United States Coast Guard. Click to expand:

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But technological change and the arrival of the bridge in the 1930′s eventually put this station out of business. It was no picnic working there anyway, what with the occasional freighter collision and the constant rain of orange paint chips

This is how it looks these days, with just the fog station left (and the front gate open on this particular day, for some reason).

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Sic transit gloria mundi 

The Wild Turkey Buzzards of Sausalito, California

Friday, June 27th, 2008

This turkey vulture, seen above Sausalito, only eats things that are already dead anyway. This bird has a very sustainable lifestyle.

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There’s something to be said for that.

Was the Giant Lego Boulder Video Actually Produced by Teak Motion Visuals?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

By now you’ve seen the latest viral video recreating Indiana Jones’ famous Boulder Dash? From the Gootube:

“We built a huge LEGO boulder and then made our friend dress up as Indy and run from it. Fun times!

(How respectful the Youtube poster was of our corporate overlords, taking care to CAPITALIZE corporate names.)

Anyway, it sure got plenty of Diggs. 

However, some have alleged that the giant Lego ball was styrofoam and that the makers merely sought to promote a new game. (Who knows, you might like it.)

Irregardless, this has led to confusion on the Internets.   

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From Flickr via tillwe, are these LEGO bricks or not? (Commenter Phill says nay. Commenter Martin says it’s Duplo.)

Some appear to have lost their faith in the Web:

Viral is so mid-2000s, now it’s just being exploited and we’re all gonna hate it.

And the famous Laughing Squid is now trying to give credit to the entire crew that pieced together all 5 million Legos, to no avail.

Was Teak Motion Visuals or Teak Films Production behind this corporate subterfuge? Some think Sausalito’s Butler Shine and Stern  (wouldn’t it be nice to be “hanging out on a fucking sailboat, while getting paid coupla hundred an hour“) may have had a hand in it.

Only Time Will Tell.

But in the meantime and while we’re on the topic, take a look at  Teak Motion Visuals’ attempt at verisimilitude. How contrived does this scene appear on a scale from 1 to 10? Can’t you just see the guy with a baseball cap plotting out the most effective bouquet of garbage?

Are we really suppose to listen to this Amazing Group of Talented Creatives, and then ”Clean the Bay” and “Start With This Beach?” This particular beach at Crissy Field? Srsly? Until the sexy but trash-strewn drunkfest known as the Bay to Breakers Footrace gets rerouted, the Crissy Field Protection Area will never look like that. (If you want real, then check out San Francisco’s Warm Water Cove - it still looks like this.)  

The makers of these contrived bits probably had a good time getting paid to do them, but when you start fibbing and shilling… Will this LEGO stunt end up on the list of Great Examples of Guerilla Marketing Gone Wrong?

Fail

Epic Fail.